Ronaldo tops list of world’s highest-paid athletes

Just days after celebrating his third Champions League win with Real Madrid in four years, Portuguese football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has once again topped Forbes’ ranking of highest-paid athletes in the world with a yearly income of over €82 million.

According to the magazine’s annual study, CR7 earned over €51 million in salary income and €31 million in endorsements last year.

The footballer edged out NBA basketball idol LeBron James, who took home around €76.5 million, and his Argentine rival Lionel Messi, who totalled €71 million.

Swiss tennis icon Roger Federer is fourth with just under €57 million in pay, followed by another NBA superstar Kevin Durant who earned around €54 million.

The top 10 also features American footballer Andrew Luck (€44 million), golfer Rory McIlroy (€44 million), basketball players Stephen Curry (€42 million) and James Harden (€41 million) and finally Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton (nearly €41 million).

American tennis legend Serena Williams is the only woman on the list, placing 51st with earnings of €24 million.

The list of best-paid athletes consists of players from 11 different sports. Most of them play in the NBA (32), followed by baseball (22), American football (15) and football (nine).

The full list can be found (click here)

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